Backup and Restore Hardware Drivers in Windows

August 12th, 2012 by Admin Leave a reply »

Drivers are an important part of the system. They act as intermediaries between the system, and the hardware devices. They interpret the signals, and facilitate communication between the system and the devices. Without drivers, the devices won’t work at all, or won’t work properly.

Generally, the drivers come on a CD/DVD, with the hardware devices. As an alternative, they can also be downloaded from the manufacturer’s site, and that’s the best place to download the drivers, or their newer versions.

But, sometimes, the CDs can get misplaced, or lost, or the drivers might not be available from even the manufacturer’s site, because they might have stopped providing support for the hardware. Instead of going through all that hassle, you can simply use a great utility called Double Driver to help you backup and restore hardware drivers the easy way.

How to Backup and Restore Hardware Drivers in Windows?

Step #1: To start, first download Double Driver, It will be in zip format so just open it and execute the app named dd.exe.

Step #2: Now you can see the home screen and on the home screen just click “Back Up” button.

Step #3: On the next screen click “Scan current system”, by selecting this option Double Driver will scan your system for all the installed drivers and will automatically select all the third-party drivers like sound drivers, graphic drivers etc. You may also select the drivers individually which you want or don’t want. After finishing the selection just click the “back up” button.

Step #4: On the next screen you will see three back up options like “Structured Folder, Compressed Folder & Single file self extract”. You can select any option based on your taste, for this tutorial I’m selecting “Compressed folder” option as it is easy to carry on my pen drive.

Next choose a destination directory to save the back up, then click “OK” to proceed the back up process.

That’s it, here you can see the progress of the back up and you will see the “Operation completed successfully” dialog box.

If you ever want to restore the backed up drivers, just open the Double Driver application and click the restore option on the home screen. It will restore all the backed up drivers and you can use them after restarting the system. This will save you plenty of time and troubles every time you reinstall Windows operating system.